Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tuesday Quick Hits: Hot Policy Topics for This Week

North Carolina:

The Child Fatality task force met on Monday to continue their discussion of issues regarding infant health, pre-natal care and breast feeding.

Holiday Note:
The General Assembly will be closed on Thursday and Friday. Committees will begin meeting again on Saturday, November 24, 2007.

Upcoming Committee Meetings:


Monday, November 26, 2007. Child Fatality Taskforce-Intentional Death Committee.

Monday, November 26, 2007. 21st Century Transportation Committee.

Gang Prevention Committee Announcement:
Speaker of the House Joe Hackney has announced a 14 member committee that will address the prevention of gang activity in the state. This committee will be lead by Representative Mickey Michaux D-Durham. The members of the committee include Reps. Alma Adams, D-Guilford; Dan Blue, D-Wake; Debbie Clary, R-Cleveland; Nelson Cole, D-Rockingham; Tricia Cotham, D-Mecklenburg; Jim Crawford, D-Granville; William Current, R-Gaston; Margaret Dickson, D-Cumberland; Beverly Earle, D-Mecklenburg; Phillip Frye, R-Caldwell; Earl Jones, D-Guilford; Marion McLawhorn, D-Pitt; and Rep. Tracy Walker, R-Wilkes.


Continuing Resolutions FY 2007 Budget:
The federal budget is operating on the second continuing resolution. This new continuing resolution will be set to expire in mid December.

U.S. Congress:
The U.S. Congress has started a two-week recess. The Senate will actually hold several pro forma sessions during the recess in an attempt to prohibit President Bush from appointing controversial nominees during the recess. The Congress will return on December 3 to face difficult decisions on FY 2008 spending, Iraq war spending, SCHIP reauthorization and other emergency legislation.

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